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Apple apologizes with $29 iPhone battery replacements

Apple has offered iPhone customers yet another apology for intentionally slowing down the CPU on some older iPhone models in order to increase overall performance.<p>In a letter to customers this afternoon, Apple explained that it added a feature in iOS 10.1.2 that successfully reduced the occurrence …

Bill Gates: 5 Amazing Books I Read in 2017

Reading is my favorite way to indulge my curiosity. Although I’m lucky that I get to meet with a lot of interesting people and visit fascinating …

Antibiotics Might Be Stopping Immune Cells From Working Properly

But it could help us beat antibiotic resistance.<p>As effective as antibiotics often are at helping us fight off infection and the associated bacteria, …

Badami Murgh Korma (Indian Chicken Korma) Recipe

Kormas originate in North India and appeal to all taste palates, ranging from mild to medium hot which makes them a family-friendly dish. They …

Genetically-modified humans: what is CRISPR and how does it work?

Targeted, genetic modification in humans is no longer in the realm of science fiction. Both the UK and US governments have approved the use of a …

Genetics

Woolly mammoth will be back from extinction within two years, say Harvard scientists

"Woolly mammoths" could be brought back from extinction within two years, the scientists behind a groundbreaking resurrection project have said.<p>World-renowned geneticist Prof George Church and his team at Harvard University have been working for the past two years on recreating the DNA blueprint of …

Genetics

The Man Who Kicked Off the Biotech Revolution - Issue 44: Luck

It’s hard to tell precisely how big a role biotechnology plays in our economy, because it infiltrates so many parts of it. Genetically modified …

Biotechnology

Under Pressure, Does Evolution Evolve?

Some organisms respond to stress by driving up their mutation rate. Are they evolving specific mechanisms to enhance evolution in times of crisis?<p>In …

Biology

16 of the coolest apps and gadgets you should use the next time you travel

Thanks to technology, gone are the days of overpaying for flights, struggling to book a place to stay when you travel, or suffering through terrible meals at subpar restaurants.<p>But with so many available apps and gadgets to help you out, which ones are really going to save you time and money or …

Apps

Scientists Are "Tantalisingly Close" to Producing a Limitless Blood Supply From Stem Cells

Decades in the making.<p>Two papers published this week have revealed that scientists are "tantalisingly close" to being able to produce large …

Beyond just promise, CRISPR is delivering in the lab today

There’s a revolution happening in biology, and its name is CRISPR.<p>CRISPR (pronounced “crisper”) is a powerful technique for editing DNA. It has …

Genetics

Rip your DVD library faster and easier with MacX DVD Ripper Pro

<i>This post is brought to you by Digiarty Software, maker of MacX DVD Ripper Pro.</i><p>If you’ve got stacks of movies and other discs that you want to watch on your iPhone, you need DVD rip software that makes the conversion process easy and fast. No matter what kind of DVDs you’ve got stashed in your …

The 'Dark Matter' of the Microbial World

You've probably heard about your gut bacteria—now get to know your gut archaea.<p>Microbiology has always been about recognizing the scale of what is unknown. In the beginning, the unknown was that microbes existed at all.<p>The invention of the microscope proved that these tiny, single-celled organisms …

Biology
Genetics

Organisms created with synthetic DNA pave way for entirely new life forms

E coli microbes have been modified to carry an expanded genetic code which researchers say will ultimately allow them to be programmed<p>From the moment life gained a foothold on Earth its story has been written in a DNA code of four letters. With G, T, C and A - the molecules that pair up in the DNA …

Will There Ever be a Universal Flu Vaccine?

<i>This article originally appeared on</i> The Conversation.<p>No one wants to catch the flu, and the best line of defense is the seasonal influenza vaccine. …

Scientists have caught viruses talking to each other—and that could be the key to a new age of anti-viral drugs

Some of the greatest scientific discoveries have been accidental. To that list, Israeli scientists have added one more. They’ve discovered for the first time an instance of viruses leaving messages for other viruses.<p>What makes the discovery remarkable is that scientists expect such communication …

Microbiology

Unwelcome Surprise: A Disease-Spreading Chigger Turns Up In Chile

Nobody wants to be attacked by a chigger. These six-legged mite larvae — so small they're invisible to the naked eye — have a powerful bite that causes severe itching. They also transmit a disease called scrub typhus, named for the forest undergrowth, or scrub, that is home to the chiggers.<p>Up until …

Disease

How to Deal with Poor Water Quality Worldwide

I am worried, very worried about the degradation of water quality around the world and the impact this will have on our health. The global population …

Sustainability

Biologists are close to reinventing the genetic code of life

The term "life hacking" usually refers to clever tweaks that make your life more productive. But this week in Science, a team of scientists comes a …

Debate Continues Over U.N. Role In Bringing Cholera To Haiti

For the first time the United Nations is signaling it may be on the verge of admitting that its peacekeepers introduced cholera into Haiti in 2010. Over the last 6 years that outbreak has claimed sickened nearly a million Haitians and claimed more than 9,000 lives.<p>Critics of the agency say that the …

Eating Yogurt Is Not Enough: Rebalancing The Ecosystem Of 'The Microbes Within Us'

Ed Yong, author of <i>I Contain Multitudes,</i> says someday we might be able to improve our health by taking probiotics, but "we are still in the very early stages of working out how to do this."<p>Transcript<p>TERRY GROSS, HOST:<p>This is FRESH AIR. I'm Terry Gross. You may think you know who you are, but you …

Microbiology

7 apps that will make you better at saving money

But according to one newer study, it's actually closer to 66 days.<p>I'm on a quest to find some powerful apps that will allow me to build a positive savings habit.<p>If you have some bad spending habits you want to track down and eliminate, there's help out there.<p>Since there are apps for everything, you …

Apps

Nasal Bacteria Pump Out a Potential New Antibiotic That Kills MRSA

Humans, and the microbes that live inside us, could be the source of the next generation of antibiotics.<p>German researchers just discovered an …

Microbiology

20 Quick Summery Snacks With Only 3 Ingredients

Summer produce is usually so good that it doesn't need much to make it better. But when you are looking to spice things up, we have a few ideas to make your Summer snacks more interesting and elegant. Butter, citrus juice, and salt are a few of the no-brainers, but we've thrown in some oddball …

Rare fungus product reduces resistance to antibiotics

Besides mushrooms such as truffles or morels, also many yeast and mould fungi, as well as other filamentous fungi belong to the Ascomycota phylum. …

Fecal Transplants Can Be Life-Saving, but How?

A fecal transplant is exactly what it sounds like: To treat certain gut disorders, doctors transfer stool from a healthy donor to a sick patient.<p>Just a few years ago, only a few doctors turned to fecal transplants, typically as a last resort. But in randomized trials, the procedure has proved …

Microbiology

Optical magnetic field sensor can detect signals from the nervous system

The human body is controlled by electrical impulses in, for example, the brain, the heart and nervous system. These electrical signals create tiny …

Magnetism